Friday, December 04, 2020

Maoist commander killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district

Police also seized a rifle and explosives from the site of encounter in a forest.

Updated: Dec 04, 2020, 17:50 IST

By Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times Raipur

A joint team of district reserve guard DRG and Central Reserve Police Force CRPF  engaged a group of Maoists in a gunfight in  a forest in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district
A joint team of district reserve guard (DRG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) engaged a group of Maoists in a gunfight in a forest in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district. (Representational image/HT PHOTO)

A ‘platoon commander’ of Communist Party of India (Maoist ) was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district in Bastar region on Friday, police said.

Police also seized a rifle and explosives from the site of encounter. In the last one week, two Maoist commanders have been killed by security forces in Bijapur district.

Inspector General of Police, Bastar range, Sunderaj P said that the encounter took place in the afternoon at around 1 pm, when a team of district reserve guard (DRG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were out for an anti-Maoist operation.

“We had information about a Maoist gathering hence a team was sent for operation. The encounter started when the team reached the jungles near Hakwa village. After the firing stopped, the body of a platoon commander of Gangaloor area committee of CPI (Maoist) was recovered. The other Maoists managed to escape in the jungle,” said the IG.

Sunderaj also said that the deceased commander was allegedly involved in the recent civilian killings in Gangaloor, Mirtur and Bhairamgarh areas of the district.

On November 26, security forces gunned down a Maoist commander Santosh Podiam, who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, and was allegedly involved in killing of policemen in Bijapur district.

Podiam was allegedly involved in the abduction and murder of assistant sub-inspector, Nagaiyya Korsa, in August and in the killing of Forest Ranger Rathram Patel in September in Kutru and Jangla police station areas

Maoist Threat: Police scale up combing ops in Bhupalpally, Mulugu districts

Intensifies vehicle checking at Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh borders following calls from ultras to celebrate PLGA’s 21st anniversary

By Author  |  Published: 4th Dec 2020  12:14 amUpdated: 3rd Dec 2020  11:21 pm
Maoist Threat: Police scale up combing ops in Bhupalpally, Mulugu districts

Jayashankar Bhupalpally/Mulugu: The police have intensified combing operations in forests and are conducting vehicle checks in Bhupalpally and Mulugu districts to thwart the attempts of the outlawed Maoists to regain their lost ground in these two districts. They are mainly focusing on vehicles coming from neighbouring Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Police teams along with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been conducting vehicle checks for the last three months.

“We have also scaled up combing operations in both the districts with the Maoist’s calling to make the week-long celebration of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army’s (PLGA) 21st anniversary a success. We have received some intelligence inputs about the movement of special action teams under the supervision of CPI Maoist, Telangana State committee Secretary Yapa Narayana alias Haribhushan. It was noticed that the Maoists were pulling all stops to regain hold in Telangana State of late. They are trying to make their presence felt by resorting to killing of people in the name of police informers,” a senior police official told ‘Telangana Today.’

The police in coordination with Mahabubabad, Peddapalli, Bhadrad-Kothagudem district administrations, and Maharashtra and Chattisgarh Police, are conducting combing operations to keep track of the Maoists. It may be recalled that the Maoists had murdered a fertilizer shop owner Maduri Bheemeshwar Rao alias Beesu at Alubaka village of Venkatapuram mandal in Mulugu district branding him as a police informer on October 10.

Following this, the police had stepped up combing operations and killed two Maoists in an encounter in the forest areas of Narsimhasagar of Mangapet mandal in Mulugu district on October 18.

The Maoists, however, were able to distribute pamphlets and posters appealing to the people to celebrate the PLGA anniversary a couple of days ago. Sources said the police were targeting Maoists State leaders Yapa Narayana or Bade Damodhar.

Meanwhile, Mulugu SP and Bhupalpally in-charge Sangram Singh G Patil has personally visited the Telangana-Maharashtra check-post at Kaleshwaram bridge in Bhupalpally district to inspect vehicles on Thursday. He then inspected the Kaleswaram police station and examined the records besides speaking with the police personnel on the situation in the villages.

Patil warned that people providing shelter or extending other means of support to the Maoists would be punished as per the law. He said police officials were conducting regular cordon searches in Maoist-affected villages, holding meetings with the people and raising awareness on government schemes. The SP also asked the Maoists to give up the armed struggle and join the social mainstream to lead a peaceful life as the government was offering financial aid and other support to surrendered Naxalites

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

IED attack a cowardly act of Naxalites, says Jharkhand Home Minister

ANI | Updated: Nov 29, 2020 20:55 IST

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], November 29 (ANI): Paying tribute to Assistant Commandant Nitin Bhalerao, of CoBRA 206 battalion of CRPF, who lost his life in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack by Naxals in Sukma yesterday, Jharkhand Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu on Sunday said the Naxalite arracks was a show of agitation against the actions on them in the state.
"This is a cowardly act of the Naxalites as most of the Naxalites were arrested and killed because of the way our security forces are conducting operations. 10 people of CRPF were injured in this incident. All are out of danger and being treaded, but unfortunately, one jawan died," said Sahu.
Earlier today, the wreath-laying ceremony of Assistant Commandant Nitin Bhalerao was held in Raipur.
Bhalerao succumbed to his injuries and breathed his last at around 3:30 am today morning in Raipur. He is a native of Nasik, Maharastra, officials said.
An anti-Naxal operation was launched by CoBRA/STF/DRG troops from Chintalnar/Burkapal/Chintagufa base camps on Saturday. At around 8:30 pm. there was an incident of an IED blast near Arabraj metta hills in Chintagufa police station, Sukma district.
According to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), a total of 10 personnel got injured in the blast out of which eight injured personnel were lifted to Raipur at midnight for further treatment. Two injured are getting treatment at CRPF Hospital, Chintalnar.
"We assure that the Force stands shoulders to shoulders with the family of the braveheart. CRPF is undeterred by such dastardly acts of adversaries and will continue with our mission with more vigour and synergy with Chattisgarh police and other security forces," Dr A P Maheshwari, Director General, CRPF said in a statement.
DG also visited the hospital and enquired about the medical conditions of injured personnel. (ANI)

Naxal leader with Rs 5 lakh bounty on his head surrenders in Jharkhand

Chatra (Jharkhand), Dec 1 (PTI) A wanted Naxal leader who was carrying an award of Rs 5 lakh on his head surrendered before the police in Jharkhands Chatra district on Tuesday, a senior police official said.

Udesh Ganjhu alias Sukul, a sub-zonal commander of the banned Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee (TSPC), surrendered with an American-made semi-automatic rifle and 150 rounds of cartridges, Chatra Superintendent of Police Rishabh Jha said.

The TSPC is a splinter organisation of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee, another proscribed body.

Hailing from Sildag village in Lawalong police station of Chatra district, Ganjhu was associated with the organisation for the past 15 years and was active in Chatra, Latehar and Palamu districts where at least eight cases of Naxal-related incidents were registered against him.

Jha welcomed him back to the mainstream of the society.

A check of Rs 5 lakh, the reward amount declared by the state government, was handed over to Ganjhu as per the surrender policy.

Following the policy, the benefits of various government schemes would also be extended to his family members at the earliest, the SP said.

Ganjhu said that the Naxal movement has deviated from its objective.

He also appealed to other Naxalites to shun the path of violence and return to the mainstream of the society, taking advantage of the government''s surrender policy. PTI IKD NN NN

Security tightened along Telangana-Chhattisgarh border

Express News Service | Published: 02nd December 2020 09:19 AM
Security checks at Telangana-Chhattisgarh border on Wednesday

MULUGU: Security has been tightened in the Maoist-hit villages on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border after the banned CPI-Maoist Telangana committee urged the people in villages to celebrate the 20th Formation Day of People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) from December 2 to 8. 

On Tuesday, the CPI-Maoist released a letter on week-long annual celebrations in Mulugu and Jayashankar Bhupalpally districts. The Maoists observe the PLGA week in honour of slain leaders of the CPI-Maoist armed wing. The banned outfit plans to hold meetings with villagers in agency areas and explain the about alleged killings of Maoists in fake encounters by both the Central and State governments. They have called on the local youth to join the party. 

Keeping in mind the situation,  police have been on alert in Mulugu, Mahabubabad, and Bhupalpally districts, since the last week. CRPF personnel and special party police have also been roped in to guard agency areas.

Speaking to Express,  Mulugu District SP Sangram Singh G Patil said that several teams were combing the agency areas on Telangana-Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh borders. “We have launched vehicle check operations in the district,” said Patil. He said that district police was holding sporting events and coaching for competitive exams for tribal youth in hamlets under ‘Mulugu Merupu’ programme